UK train strikes: what YOUR rail company says – see if you should travel

Rail bosses today advised passengers “only to travel if absolutely necessary” as a mass strike next week will throw the rail network into chaos for six days

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There is likely to be more transport misery for millions as some rail travelers are told not to travel by train as early as next week.

Britain’s biggest rail strike in more than 30 years will wreak havoc for six days as warnings of a “summer of discontent”

Thousands more Network Rail workers are to be elected to strike in escalating disputes over wages, jobs and working conditions, union TSSA has announced.

It’s the biggest exit in years and a number of lines have already been confirmed as closed. Over the next week’s three strike days – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – only one in five services is expected to be operational and six lines will be closed entirely.

Rail bosses advised some customers to ‘only travel if absolutely necessary’



Network Rail has already said there will be no passenger services to places like Bournemouth, Swansea, Holyhead, Chester and Blackpool either. There will also be no passenger trains going north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Where limited services are in operation, they typically begin around 7:30 a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. on strike days.

But many commuters are still left in limbo as the strike threatens to bring the country’s rail network to a virtual standstill.

Here’s exactly what the rail companies say.

Chiltern Railway

It will be the biggest move in years


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According to Firm, between June 21 and 25, passengers should “only travel if absolutely necessary”.

A very heavily reduced timetable will be operated between these dates, with services ending earlier than normal on Monday next week and starting later the following Sunday.

intercity trains

Will provide significantly reduced service over the three days of strike – 21st, 23rd and 25th June – understanding both sides will be affected on days as well.

Final details of what level of service is offered.

Greater Anglia

Very limited service is provided for many



No services are operated on the regional and branch lines.

Very limited service on some routes to and from London Liverpool Street for part of the day.

Services that operate do not start until 7:30 a.m., with the last trains completing their journey at 6:30 p.m.

The company will publish the full schedule for the strike day on its website this Friday.


The plan is to run around 38% of the usual trains on the strike days and “they will probably be very busy”.

The company warns: “If you can avoid travel over this period, we encourage you to do so.”

East Midlands Railway

The strike will bring misery to millions across Britain



Ask passengers to travel by train only when necessary.

A significantly reduced service will be offered on June 21, 23 and 25 and on the days in between.

Services operate between 7:30am and 6:30pm only.


Expects significant disruption on strike days and advises passengers to ‘only travel if absolutely necessary’.

Reduced service from 7:30am to 6:30pm, which is less than a third of normal levels.

Great Western Railway

During the strike action, “as many trains as possible” will be operated.

Covers the route from London Paddington via Reading to Cardiff Central and to Oxford, Basingstoke, Westbury, Bristol Temple Meads and Plymouth.

Warns that where services can run, they are expected to be “extremely busy”.

Northern Trains

Many passengers are already advised against traveling


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Ask customers not to travel on their services between June 21st and June 26th

warns that the timing of the strike action will have a domino effect on the days in between.


Urging passengers not to use their services over the three days of the strike, adding: “We cannot guarantee you will be able to travel.”

It adds: “The number of train services that we can operate will be extremely limited.”


Will run a drastically reduced schedule on strike days, with ‘essential parts’ of its network closed.

There will be “very limited service” on some routes between 7.15am and 6.30pm. They are limited to between London Waterloo and Southampton, Woking, Basingstoke and Windsor.

Rest of network closed.

Where trains run, a lot of traffic is to be expected

As a result, “you are urged not to travel by train unless absolutely necessary,” it said.

Transpennine Express

Significant power reduction warning.

The following stations are closed on strike days: Middlesbrough, Yarm, Thornaby, Scarboroug, Seamer, Malton, Selby, Brough and Hull.

Avanti West Coast

“Strongly” advises customers to only travel on strike days if “absolutely necessary”.

Expect a significantly reduced timetable.

The intercity operator will run about 25% of its typical weekday schedule on June 21-23 and about a third of its typical Saturday schedule on June 25.

One train per hour is expected to run from Euston to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Preston, with a limited service to Glasgow.

No Avanti West Coast services to North Wales, Shrewsbury, Blackpool and Edinburgh on strike days.

West Midlands trains

Warning of “significant impact”.

Operating on strike days between 7:30am and 6:30pm with very limited service, with “very limited service” on the days in between.

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